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Elixir of Life

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Andy Rooney, died at 92.

Morley Safer, with us, 79.

Don Hewitt, died at 86.

Mike Wallace, with us, 93.

Dan Rather, with us, 80.

True, many people live into their 80s. When I think about it, I guess it's not just the longevity, which certainly stands out in Rooney and Wallace's cases. It's the fact that so many of these guys -- and yes, all guys -- were working on the show well into their 80s or even 90s.

I may have an additional bias. I have a close friend who worked at 60 Minutes as a producer for many years and just left. And even though he's only probably about 70, he looks like he's maybe 55. So hopefully this has rubbed off on him.